Friday, September 30, 2011

Reading Clive Cussler (annotations)

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle




BLOG DESCRIPTION: Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of action/adventure/techno thriller books. One series features the famous Dirk Pitt, another the Oregon Files, another the NUMA files, another features treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, and so on.

Most of these books feature prologues from the past, and the future adventure ties in artifacts from those past prologues to the present day.

How much of those historical events are fiction and how much fact?

For that matter, can a submarine really go 125 knots submerged? Did Napoleon really have a horse named Sytrie? Just how does an echo sounder work?

In this blog, I go through all of Cussler's books --in chronological order --and annotate them.

Blog is updated two or three times a week.

MY REVIEW: There's a saying - guys won't read books written for women (chick lit) but women will read books written for men and women. Such it is with Clive Cussler. I've read some of his stuff myself. I find his treatment of female characters rather annoying in the Dirk Pitt series, but I enjoy the books overall because of the formula - the historic artifacts from the past having importance in the present day.

But these are techno-thrillers, and what do most women know about types of airplanes, types of weapons, not to mention military history. But really, in these weak, piping times, how many guys know that stuff, either?

Instead of just glossing over these things, now readers can know exactly what these weapons are (if they really exist) and so on, thanks to the annotations being made in this blog.

The author has started out chronologically with two sereies - the first Dirk Pitt written (though not the first one published) and the first Sam and Remi Fargo book.

Only a couple of pages are annotated in each entry, so it's going to take a long time to get through each book, nevertheless the info is fascinating and I highly recommend this blog.

--Spartan Gold: Grand St. Bernard Pass and more
--Pacific Vortex: Maiden trial and more
--Spartan Gold: Napoleon's Reserve Army and more
--Pacific Vortex: Nuclear marine Starbuck and more
--Spartan Gold: Horse known as Styrie and more
--Pacific Vortex: Mutiny on the Bounty and more
Reviews published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Check out my kindle BOOKS!:
Whose Body, by Dorothy Sayers (the Annotated Edition)
The Coldest Equations (science fiction)
Volcano Seven: Treasure and Treasure Hunters
The Lady and the Tiger...Moth

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